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An emphasis on inspections

KCFR to inspect 1,500 businesses this year under new program

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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 am

Kootenai County Fire and Rescue plans to inspect about 1,500 businesses and commercial buildings this year - all of such sites in the district - as part of a new program in the name of fire protection.

KCFR serves Post Falls, Dalton Gardens, Huetter, Fernan Village and the Wolf Lodge area.

"We don't experience a high fire occurrence in commercial properties and we want to keep it that way," a KCFR press release states.

In the past, inspections have been the primary responsibility of KCFR's fire marshal.

During the building boom, the fire marshal was only able to keep up with new projects so inspections of existing buildings became a secondary priority.

However, over the past few years, KCFR primarily focused on annual inspections for high-hazard occupancies in the district.

And, in 2013, KCFR has identified commercial building inspections as a top priority.

"We believe the importance of inspections for the safety of employees as well as customers that are in businesses is so great that we have made inspections part of the firefighting crews' assignments," the press release states. "Leveraging existing resources will enable us to accomplish this task without adding staff."

GIS mapping is being used to make assignments in groups so the crews can perform the inspections in a methodical, time-efficient manner, KCFR officials say.

"Crews are taking the advantage of iPads and the Internet to increase efficiency in updating information and documenting the activity," the press release states.

The inspections allow for firefighters to discuss with business owners possible hazards. They also allow fire crews to be associated with floor plans and provide for a database of emergency information.

The most common problems found have been burned out exit lights/emergency lighting, the permanent use of extension cords for electrical power and fire extinguishers out of service.

"We understand that these inspections cause some disruption for the business and we will do all we can to minimize that inconvenience," the press release states. "We hope the business community sees the program as a way to increase their relationship with the fire district and as partners, and improve the overall safety in our community."

Coeur d'Alene Fire started a similar aggressive fire inspection program about five years ago. Northern Lakes, which covers Hayden, Hayden Lake and Rathdrum, is in the planning stages of starting such a venture.

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9 comments:

  • idahoguy posted at 6:48 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Blind justice??? How about total disregard for human life in order to attract tourists and make money....

     
  • charliek60 posted at 10:13 pm on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    charliek60 Posts: 204

    Once again a can of worm's has been opened.

    Let's see how blind justice is enforced in this case.

    Sometimes I just sit back and laugh at the foolishness

    But regardless I love this town

    CDA Class of 1979 :>

     
  • idahoguy posted at 9:04 am on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Now we are getting to the point. The political wing of the City not only believes the average citizens life (Consumer / Visitor) has such little value they are more than willing to promote a full pledged pass on 100% compliance on all publicly visited buildings. They would rather see massive fire safety enforcement to be buried away and in return have more revenue coming in.

    In other words you and I are paying to die and be burnt alive because the CITIES political wing right along with the spineless FIRE DEPARTMENT's willingness to not blow the whistle on all this behind the scenes cover up and their so called job security concerns... means the rest of us can just...go die.

    The all so called heroes of the FIRE DEPARTMENT are not heroes at all in this case...are they? They can simply reveal the truth to the Press in many articles...but would the Press even be willing to post any of it??? I wonder as their bread and butter also comes from conventions and the public shopping in non code approved buildings.

    Folks this is an issue which must be fully exposed and verified in writing so when some buildings are burnt down, people die and property is lost the insurance companies can then have the right to not cover any claims because the building were allowed to operate without full compliance....

    I wonder if this posting will not get deleted by the Press///

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 1:27 pm on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    They would have to close 2/3 of the downtown businesses.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 11:20 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    First off the cda press screen said when I submitted ... there was a problem and it did not go through. Later all three showed up?? Ask them and put a cork in your pie hole ;-)

    I am aware of the area coverage but that does not mean go and pick on the out of city buildings while the downtown buildings are over looked. My point was start there where it has never been done rather than go over places which have been looked at before.... It is politics again at it's worst.

    It ain't negative..it is true. You might stop and ask yourself why the press is publishing articles which draw the attention away from their own back yard???

     
  • KeepinItReal posted at 10:51 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    KeepinItReal Posts: 112

    Hey Idunnoguy, do you read? Or do you just like skimming through the articles, looking at the pictures, finding any negativity, and then spewing your constant BS? And why post your comment 3 times in 3 minutes? Are you bored, stupid, or are you looking forward to reading your own comment over and over again? Wierd!

    But anyway, pay attention now, and let me educate you a little. KCFR is taking a stand and being proactive in inspecting 1500 businesses & buildings in THEIR fire district, not CDA's, but KCFRs. CDA has their own fire department/district that would be responsible for inspecting all downtown buildings. Pretty simple huh? You ought to learn a few things before spouting off. Your ignorant Idaho mentality is showing and is quite obvious.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 6:30 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    How about we all start out being honest here... DOWNTOWN business building do not get fire checked and are NOT required to meet all current codes. I mean from old basements along Sherman to the roof tops. They are skipped due to political concerns. Start downtown and inspect every lousy building and business first...or just wait until some people die when a fire breaks out.

    I have been told by business owners and employees downtown the fire dept does not enforce all the codes to save your lives... go figure. How about a fully transparent story on all the buildings and a sworn document from City Hall and the Fire Dept all buildings are up to current code from top to basements.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 6:29 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    How about we all start out being honest here... DOWNTOWN business building do not get fire checked and are NOT required to meet all current codes. I mean from old basements along Sherman to the roof tops. They are skipped due to political concerns. Start downtown and inspect every lousy building and business first...or just wait until some people die when a fire breaks out.

    I have been told by business owners and employees downtown the fire dept does not enforce all the codes to save your lives... go figure. How about a fully transparent story on all the buildings and a sworn document from City Hall and the Fire Dept all buildings are up to current code from top to basements.

     
  • idahoguy posted at 6:28 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    How about we all start out being honest here... DOWNTOWN business building do not get fire checked and are NOT required to meet all current codes. I mean from old basements along Sherman to the roof tops. They are skipped due to political concerns. Start downtown and inspect every lousy building and business first...or just wait until some people die when a fire breaks out.

    I have been told by business owners and employees downtown the fire dept does not enforce all the codes to save your lives... go figure. How about a fully transparent story on all the buildings and a sworn document from City Hall and the Fire Dept all buildings are up to current code from top to basements.

     
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